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Billy Strings connects with bluegrass roots

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Billy Strings is a phenomenon, and one of the most popular young bluegrass guitarists today.

Billy Strings opens for Greensky Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Jan 31, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 10 “New Country Artists to Know” in 2017, and in 2018 published an article hailing him as “one of the latest breakneck guitar pickers to emerge in the bluegrass world.”

Named one of six “New Rising Stars of Bluegrass” by Acoustic Guitar magazine in 2017, the...

Stefano Greco reimagines the classics

Friday, January 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Stefano Greco describes a classical musical passage he plans to play, it is like he’s describing a movie.

“I can see the images that inspired the composers,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist. “I want to be able to tell a story. I don’t want to just play notes.”

Greco brings his visual and visceral style to Miller Symphony Hall for the next performance in the intimate “Chamber On Stage” series, 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

In Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” sonata, which is...

Respectfully Yours: Turning the tables

Friday, January 25, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, I was out to dinner with my husband and after we were seated, I quickly realized I was seated next to a blazing heater and right under a sound speaker. I asked our server if we could switch to a different table. She moved us to another table but seemed annoyed. Is it bad manners to ask for a different table when you’ve already been seated?

Dear Reader, Sometimes it’s OK. Sometimes, it’s not. The most common restaurant protocol calls for a server to check with the host...

‘Ella’ takes the stage: Allentown Symphony Pops, vocalists, pay tribute to icon

Friday, January 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Aisha De Haas was growing up in Chicago, the jazz sounds of Ella Fitzgerald were part of her aural landscape.

Her father was a jazz bassist, her mother a vocalist, and the family had moved to the Windy City to play jazz.

“She sang and he played,” De Haas says. “I was introduced to this music in the womb.”

De Haas is one of three singers paying tribute to the Queen of Jazz in “A Tribute to Ella,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

De Haas...

Movie Review: ‘The Mule’ profoundly Eastwood

Monday, January 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”

- Earl Stone,

“The Mule”

Director-actor Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is profound and is profoundly Eastwood.

It’s a caustic, cute, crazy story about an elderly man, Earl Stone (Eastwood), down on his luck and money, who gets mixed up with a Mexican drug-running cartel.

The bank has foreclosed on Earl’s greenhouse, where the award-winning horticulturalist meticulously and lovingly raises day-lillies...

Growing Green: Bird-feeder seeds

Friday, January 18, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

In much of North America, winter is a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold. Nights are long and even colder.

The lush, berry-laden vegetation of summer and fall has withered and been consumed. Most insects are dead or dormant. Birds may have difficulty finding enough food during the short winter days to fuel their internal furnaces.

Setting up a backyard bird-feeder makes their lives easier and ours more enjoyable.

During the spring and summer months,...

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Friday, January 18, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Architecture of dance: Because of the City of Easton “Emergency Proclamation,” the Jan. 20 performance of Diavolo has been postponed. The new date is 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Original date tickets will be honored. Diavolo, seen by more than 90 million as one of the Top 10 finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” was to perform at 5 p.m. Jan. 20, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Broadway World said of Diavolo’s show, “Trajectoire” is “full of incredible feats of daring and acrobatics … the...

Respectfully Yours: Dinner party

Friday, January 18, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was shocked to see a guest arrive at a dinner party with her own food. The person did so because of being a picky-eater, not because of a dietary restriction or allergy. The host was gracious and did not say anything. What are your thoughts about bringing your own food to a dinner party?

Dear Reader, Being invited to a dinner party is a wonderful gift and a host will go through a lot of trouble planning and preparing a meal. Not mentioning ahead of time that...